La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France at the time. We chose it while on the road, moving house the first time round, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like we did and like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, after yet another stint in Ireland, we're back in France @ Le Mas d'Ayen

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Whole New Road

The diggers arrived a bit later than anticipated, but once they get started, nothing is stopping the O'Briens. They came in the morning and finished the same day.

 Remember this ?
And this ?
You can read about that here

An extra drain pipe was placed underneath the road to lead the excess water from the stream. Hopefully now the little brook can cope after a heavy downpour. As you can see the level is low, because it hasn't rained in a while.

This is what used to happen.

 Would you believe me if I told you it is easier to walk too ?
This is going to last us forever (famous last words). At the top of the road they dug a new drain with pipe to lead flood water away into the stream instead of over the road.

Great job, lads !

I bet these will all have disappeared before Christmas.

Enjoy your day !
Patricia xxx...x


  1. That looks amazing, we could have used a roadway like this at our place before last, like you we are pretty gypsy like and have lived our lives at many a home, down many a dirt tack.

    I can't believe I haven't visited your blog before, I love and and I WILL be back, I'm linking to you on my sidebar so I don't miss any more posts :-)

    And THANK YOU for all your lovely comments on my blog. xx

    1. Thanks Sue ! I have been following your blog on and off for a while now.
      Glad you made it here too. :)

  2. It looks like a lot of work I hope it does last you forever x


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